‘Alumni’ Category

Laurel Boman

When I graduated from Gustavus in 2014, I took the next logical step for someone with a Classics degree—I started testing software. Originally, I fell into the career without intention. I had applied with Epic to be a technical writer, but the results of a personality assessment suggested Quality Assurance. I took the job, and […]

Emma Ellingson

As a Classics major, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and served as president of Eta Sigma Phi during my senior year. I graduated with honors in 2010. My passion for culture brought me abroad again to the Netherlands where I lived briefly before returning to the United States to begin working at a governmental […]

Karl Boettcher

I initially took up Ancient Greek to fulfill a language credit while pursuing a Mathematics major and Computer Science minor at Gustavus. Ultimate goal: to become an actuary – consistently ranked as one of the 5 best occupations in the United States. I was instantly hooked on Classics with its complex language structures and incredible […]

Susan Crane

When I graduated two years ago with a degree in Classics and Russian Studies, I didn’t know that I would end up in the north of Moldova, teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer. A year after graduation, I arrived in Moldova, a bilingual country that spoke Romanian and Russian. Studying ancient languages made it […]

Trish Wheaton ’72

Global Managing Partner, Y&R Advertising/President, INSPIRE  New York City   What advice can you give students that can help them develop their own leadership skills? Develop transferrable skills that will serve you well across various career roles. These include: communicating clearly and persuasively; problem-solving; selling; being a team player; and if you choose a business career, understand how money […]

Stacey Tigges ’12

Lead Privacy Compliance Consultant, Target What advice can you give students that can help them develop their own leadership skills? You can learn from everyone.  Observe your peers, you can tell who is succeeding and who isn’t.  Observe your boss, figure out what they like to see and what they don’t.  Observe your boss’s boss.  Pay […]

Kelsey Swanson ’12

Life Coach & Consultant, Everme Coaching What advice can you give students that can help them develop their own leadership skills? Be Bold. Don’t waste your precious four years playing small. Yes, you will be busy. Yes, you will be stressed out. But, make the daily choice to be bold. Do things you’ve never done […]

Sue Ripley ’80

Executive Director of Risk Management, RGA Reinsurance Company What advice can you give students that can help them develop their own leadership skills? Work on influencing skills (gaining the attention and respect of others). What advice were you given to help you develop your own leadership?   Be a keen observer of other leaders.  What […]

Caroline Nelson ’13

Senior Marketing Event & Meeting Specialist, UnitedHealth Group What advice can you give students to help them develop leadership skills?Not leadership advice exactly, just overall advice:  If you’ve tried your hardest to make something work or happen (i.e. new job, project, career move) and nothing is budging, stop agitating it.  Leave it alone.  More often than not, […]

Katie Batz ’13

Catering Coordinator, D’Amico Catering What advice can you give students to help them develop leadership skills?While there are great benefits to trying a little it of everything in college, my advise to you is to really get involved in an organization that you love. Give your time and energy to something you feel passionate about and can gain real leadership […]